18 February 2012

Super Mom: Jenny Ong of Mama.Baby.Love

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

Being a mom, wife, daughter, and being able to work eight hours (or more!) a day in an office, maintain a household and still find time to do something you are passionate about is not easy.  As a first time mom, I am still adjusting to my new role.  Juggling it with all my other roles require discipline, commitment and A LOT of love!  The key, according to Stephen Covey, is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.  Super Mom is a Julia's Mom blog feature where I interview moms who can give inspiration and empowerment to working moms like me.

This month's Super Mom is Jenny Ong of Mama.Baby. Love, a one-stop online shop for breastfeeding moms.  Jenny was my classmate in high school.  According to our yearbook class prophecy, she will be a successful lawyer.  She graduated salutatorian and best in extra-curricular activities so why wouldn't she be successful?



After seeing her again at a Breastfeeding Seminar at Medical City and following her blog, she defined a whole new meaning of success for me.  She is not only a lawyer, she works for the government, she is a mompreneur, an unyielding breastfeeding ambassador and more importantly, a compassionate mother to Naima and Erik and wife to Stan.

Belle
Describe your typical day.  What is it like?

Jenny
Still on maternity leave so I spend the day at home with Erik while Naima goes to school.  I'm also catching up on my Mama.Baby.Love business while on leave.  Will be going back to work on March 1 so I am still figuring out how to schedule things out.  But while on leave, I'm usually up at 530am while Naima is up by 6am to be ready for school.  We are in bed at 8pm.

Belle
Aside from your day job, you are a mompreneur as well.  How did Mama.Baby. Love start?

Jenny
I started my business - Mama.Baby. Love because of the dearth of affordable nursing bras and accessories locally available.  My bra prices range from P300.00 - P2,000.00, allowing me to cater to moms with varied budgets.  I have also brought in various products which might interest breastfeeding moms.  I'm a shopaholic and I love trying out new products.  So the products I like and have used are the products I want to make available to other breastfeeding moms.

Belle
You are most admired for your passion in promoting the benefits of breastfeeding.  Why this advocacy and how did it start?


Jenny
I initially started my blog as a vehicle to promote my business.  But it gained a life of its own!  Most of the breastfeeding information available online is foreign-based.  So I decided to compile information, tips, research for Filipino nursing moms.  I'd like the blog to be a one-stop resource for new moms who want to learn about breastfeeding and are in the Philippines.  With my rough start in breastfeeding, I know that having the right information and support on hand is crucial to breastfeeding success. 

Belle
You juggle a lot of roles.  You are a lawyer, government employee, mompreneur, breastfeeding advocate, accredited peer counselor of LATCH, wife to Stan and a mom to Naima and Erik.  How do you manage your time and how do you balance your priorities?

Jenny
Time management is key while multi-tasking is essential.  I've given up TV time!  Also, having good help is essential.  I'm pleased to say that my help has been with me since Naima was born.  I've also trained them by sending them to cooking classes, to help me manage the household.  Meanwhile, I sent Naima's yaya to various seminars and she has been helping me with Mama.Baby.Love.  I'm also lucky to have a job with fixed hours and limited overtime.  This allow me to plan the day properly and avoid scheduling conflicts.  Meanwhile, I've limited my counseling to emails and texts.  I don't do house calls to make sure I have time for my family.  Stan has also been supportive and it helps that he is able to schedule his projects around my commitments.  Stan and I have agreed that while the kids are young, we will make them our priority as we know that our time with them is limited, especially when they start having their own lives and friends.

Belle
What is your inspiration?  Are there other goals/dreams that you want to achieve?

Jenny
My inspiration is my family.  I'd like to see Naima grow up and have her family in a setting where natural birth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, etc. will be a norm.  I'm actually at the crossroads on my goals/dreams.  I do miss being a lawyer but I love being a mompreneur.  I know that I will have to give up one of them - so I'm deciding whether I want to be a full time mompreneur or go back to being a full time lawyer, when the kids are bigger.
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